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  •  I had my wisdom teeth hammered out at a (6+ / 0-)

    Dental College.  They gave me Demeral, which I don't think actually put me to sleep, it just rendered me incapable of giving a flying flip.  This was decades ago, but I still remember them giving me the D and then waiting till it took effect.

    Then they came in, showed me the hammer and chisel, and asked me if I would mind if they just knocked out ALL my teeth.  

    I laughed hysterically.  At that, the instructor turned to the student and said "he's ready."

    Until I saw the hammer and chisel, I had no idea that's how they did it.  Nobody had told me.  But at that point I really didn't care if they knocked out all my teeth, or for that matter, if they just beat me in the head with the hammer for the sheer entertainment of it.  I just did not care.

    The only other thing I remember is lying on my side on  some sort of gurney making a poor attempt to recover my senses.  The door to the hallway was open and people (other patients on their way to their procedures I imagine)  walking by could see me.  My mouth was packed full of gauze or something. I was drooling blood and babbling, have no idea what I was saying, but the people walking by looked horrified, which made me laugh some more.  I suppose watching someone with cheeks like a chipmunk bare his bloody teeth and spit out a (literally) blood-curdling laugh would be a little disconcerting.  Something very Stephen-Kingish about the whole thing.  We all float down here

    Maybe they gave me some nitrous oxide too, I don't know, but I was what I would call "semi-conscious" the whole time.

    Now, some of this may be wrong.  It's what I remember, but you have to take it with a grain of salt, considering it is the memory of what amounted to a raving lunatic.

    Don't get your wisdom teeth knocked out at the Dental College.

    Of all the preposterous assumptions of humanity over humanity, nothing exceeds most of the criticisms made on the habits of the poor by the well-housed, well-warmed, and well-fed. --Herman Melville

    by ZedMont on Wed Mar 20, 2013 at 08:20:48 PM PDT

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